February 13th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton goes negative in new ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/13/art.clintonad.cnn.jpg caption=" Clinton is taking aim at Obama in a new TV ad."]

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton is taking aim at Barack Obama in a new Wisconsin television ad for not agreeing to participate in a debate there.

"Both Democratic candidates have been invited to a televised Wisconsin debate," an announcer says in the new 30 second spot. "Hillary Clinton has said yes. Barack Obama hasn't. Maybe he'd prefer to give speeches than have to answer questions."

"Like why Hillary Clinton has the only health care plan that covers every American, and the only economic plan that freezes foreclosures," the announcer continues. "Wisconsin deserves to hear both candidates debate the issues that matter. And that's...not debatable."

The ad is Clinton's latest attempt to put Obama on the defensive over his refusal to debate the New York senator more than twice between Super Tuesday and the crucial March 4 primaries in Ohio and Texas. Clinton, who has been widely praised for her debate performances this campaign season, had proposed one debate a week after Super Tuesday.

The Obama campaign later agreed to two debates - one in Ohio at the end of the month, and a CNN/Univision debate in Austin, Texas next week.

The ad is also a sign the Clinton campaign is still aiming for a strong showing in Wisconsin next Tuesday, despite the fact it is devoting much of its resources to the Ohio and Texas primaries a week later.

Responding to the ad, Obama senioir adviser David Axelrod said, "We've debated 18 times, we're going to debate two more, but we've got other business to do here in terms of meeting voters face to face."

- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Chris Welch

soundoff (1,010 Responses)
  1. Keith

    Wondered how long Hillary would place nice.....guess we have our answer. Obama is refreshing, simply put, Hillary is not, she is stale and has given the impression she would say anything to get her way.

    As far as United Health Care, we have it in Canada. Know what else we have in Canada, huge wait times for MRI's, huge cancer treatment wait times, and personal income tax of 52% once you make more than about 75k. Hillary has no way in hell of paying for it, plain and simple and she hasn't provided any answers on she would do so.

    So its easy to say united health care and get people excited, but at this point everyone knows its not going to happen.

    Maybe Hillary she work on her charming personality instead!

    February 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Suzanne

    Obama has to think to hard to come up with the answers of a debate. He would rather hear his own voice and preach.... come to think of it he would make a great preacher.

    February 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. tammy, spartanburg, sc

    Obama's been sending negative mailers out since SC and I guess that is okay? The hypocrisy of some of his 'followers' is disgusting. Regardless, I don't think Obama or Clinton will win in November. Way to go Dems..only we could manage to screw up something that should of been a cakewalk.

    February 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. E.L.T in DC

    Obama won't debate her, not because he fears her in a debate... but because he knows she only wanted free airtime. She was broke, people, and wanted to broaden her message of faux experience off of that free airtime. If the shoe was on the other foot, she'd react much in the same manner Obama has, only steeped in the hubris only a Clinton could bring. If you didn't catch at least 2 of the first 18... what rock were you under?

    For those of you that only follow your candidate of choice (Clintonites), both of their plans are similar. None of you ever takes the time to hear his policies because he doesn't talk about them much in his inspirational stumps. That doesn't mean they don't exist. They're posted on his website and his campaign also gives policy stumps. He's trying to get you to be proactive instead of reactive and gather information yourselves. Since when is it taboo for someone to want to involve the people that those policies are going to directly affect?

    She's back to her old self... Why run ads in a state you basically shunned for Texas?

    February 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Joe Vanderbosch, Appleton, WI

    Thata Girl Hillary, take it to Mr. Rhetoric.

    February 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. David

    Leave it to the same old D.C. pundits to go negative the moment things don't go their way. I'm so sick of Clinton's and Bush's representation of our once proud country. Hillary is in a sinking ship and she feels as though the only way to save herself is to redirect the negative she's getting from the press and indeed her own staff, and try to put some of the aim on Obama.

    February 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. park more

    The article is so low. Write something that can help all American

    February 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Buff Given Los Angeles CA.

    For my money, the new ad is absolutely correct. How is it that telling it like it is becomes an "attack" ad? When Hillary is criticized, no dust is blown Sen Obama reminds me of the days when corporations hired "Motivational " speakers to rev-up the employees to work harder and be more productive. The corp. heads still had to set policy and programs on pragmatic terms to benefit the company. His followers are like lemmings. I sincerely hope they don't hand the election to the republicans

    February 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Daniel Stevens

    There have been 18 debates! He has agreed to two, not six which was/is clearly a move to get him off the campaign trail. I think he will do quite well in both debates.

    Oh, I actually do wish if the press has some dirt they would start pinning it up now. I am an Obama supporter, I believe he has the best ideas, and the best chance to win. I also believe he can stand the heat, and that there will be less heat to stand. 🙂

    February 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. HOTATL

    WOW – Hillary is really reaching here. Obama has debated with her 18 times to date. Hillary's strategy is simple: She wants to break his stride – Hillary, the Obama surge is ALIVE and Change is coming. However, I am sure we will call you when we need someone to cry for us again.....

    OBAMA 2008... YES WE CAN.....

    February 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Benjamin

    It is NOT true that we've seen Hillary and Obama face off in debates. We've seen them one on one ONCE!!

    Good for Hillary. Obama has been bashing her left and right in all his speeches. She has every right to call him out publicly.

    February 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Jen, Gainesville

    The Clintons seem to have nowhere to go but to go negative. So sad, she should know there is day after tomorrow and think about her long-term political career after losing the presidential bid. This is a sign of her lack of confidence in herself.

    February 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Carol

    Believe it or not, the details are important and debates offer a chance to get those details out.

    Obama is all talk and no substance. He just keeps saying the same things over and over and over and if he thinks living in another country for 4 years qualifies him as President then there are many millions more, more qualified than him.

    HIllary 08

    February 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Think - FL

    As usual, Hillary feeds on the ignorant.

    She's depending on you not to do any research of your own and find out that Barack has a long history full of substance. She is depending on you not to go to his website and read that in fact, yes, he does have mounds of information about his plans/policies. More than her actually... shocker.

    She's playing her supporters for complete idiots and sadly... it works quite well.

    February 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. saire

    See this is why Hillary is losing. She has yet to learn we do not care about that crap. Hillary is pathetic.

    oh and does it bother anyone that John McCain read from large cue cards last night after his win in the Potomacs?

    John McCain is too OLD. He has to use large cue cards to read which means they are not his words from his heart.

    He is going to loose big time.

    February 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Jules

    Nice attack ad. Politics as usual.

    February 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Cherish

    Sad, Sad, Sad.

    Shouldn't the ad have just said, "Obama doesn't want Clinton to control his campaign"?

    I am so sick of The Clintons and their supporters drivel on with their "where's the beef?" throwbacks.

    Senator Obama has plenty of policy prescriptions, but like any smart public speaker, he understands that regular voters would be put to sleep by confusing and detailed policy prescriptions at rallies, so he presents the basic overtones of his vision.

    Not to mention, I've listened to plenty of Clinton speeches, and I haven't heard endless amounts of detail there either.

    There have been 18 debates so far. What differences are left to suss out? If I were Hillary, I'd want free TV coverage too.

    She just lost 8 straight primary contests, which makes this negative ad predictable and pathetic.

    February 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Gale

    That's negative? My grandmother was meaner than that when she criticized my skirt length! I want to see another debate. If Obama really thinks he is going to get the nomination, he should view another debate as practice. McCain will surely want to debate and he is going to have a lot of skin in the game. The world has treated Obama with kid gloves so far because they don't want to appear to be mean to the fresh-faced, I love everyone image. I don't want another inspiring speach. I want to know exactly what change he has in mind and exactly how he intends to make it happen.

    February 13, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. Christian, Tampa FL

    That's just great. I hope that Wisconsin doesn't reward this sort of negative nonsense.

    February 13, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. white male

    Anybody out there that thinks that that add is "negative"

    WOW! are you in for a suprise!!!!
    That is exact reason why Obama will not make it thru the general election.

    Even though I wish he could.

    February 13, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. ed

    hillary is trying to keep barack busy preparing for debates to draw him away from spending time actually campaigning and reaching out to the people. They've already debated 18 times, which I think is more than enough.

    February 13, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Maria

    I saw that movie 'sicko' today. I changed my vote to Hillary! That was all it took.

    February 13, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. Andre Butters

    Other then new negative spin, I doubt we hear anything new from either candidate. . I do not they will present anything we have not already heard in the last 17 debates other then negative spin. Democrats need to stay united.

    February 13, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. Evan

    Wow, Hillary Clinton placed an attack ad.... is that really news?

    February 13, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Fred

    He agreed to have 2 more debates after already having 18. That is enough for people to make their decisions. He has always wanted to meet the voters because he isn't as well known as she is. I do believe that Hillary is the more experienced candidate, but experience doesn't always mean better. Both she and John McCain are great people and respectable public servants. Unfortunately, they represent the past, the old, and the usual. It is a new day in America, and it requires a new president. His name is Barack Obama.

    February 13, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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